Joshua Perry, OLB

School: Ohio State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Galena, OH
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 254 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.682.72-20 33 1/2---
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.582.721.6420 33 1/210'4"--

Player Overview

On an Ohio State roster full of stars, it's easy to overlook Perry, who wasn't a five-star recruit and won't make a ton of splash plays. But he was the unsung hero of the Buckeyes' National Champion defense in 2014, leading the team with 124 total tackles (32 tackles more than the second leading tackler). Returning as the Buckeyes starting weak-side linebacker in 2015, Perry collected 105 tackles as a senior, earning first-team All-Big Ten honors.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Only knows one speed with a nonstop motor which helps him make plays other linebackers cannot. Quick first step and long legs to cover a lot of ground in a little time. Plays smooth, not stiff, and easily opens his hips to redirect in coverage. Mature leader. Instinctive in man or zone coverage and comfortable with his back to the ball. Fills hard vs. the run and arrives with violence. Excellent timing and closing speed.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks elite top-end speed in pursuit and doesn't play with multiple gears. Aggressive approach takes him out of plays at times and needs to better hold outside contain. Needs to better collect himself on the move to break down and keep a low strike zone. Needs to do a better job keeping himself clean and improve his shed technique, especially in space.

IN OUR VIEW: He is wired right for the pro game with the work habits and mental make-up that will quickly make him a favorite in an NFL building. Although not elite in any one area on the field, Perry is very well-rounded with the scheme-diverse skill-set and coverage skills that will make him a fit for all 32 defenses.

--Dane Brugler (2/19/16)

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